Today we can present the rest of the Star Trek Into Darkness deleted scenes, available exclusively through the film’s Xbox SmartGlass second-screen app.
Thomas Calls Marcus (0:47)
During the roundtable meeting at Starfleet Headquarters, Admiral Marcus reveals to the Command staff that Thomas Harewood sent him a message from the Section 31 archives before he detonated his explosive device. In the final version of the film, we only see Harewood sending a text-based transmission; this cut scene includes a planned video chat removed from the sequence.
Original dialogue in white; cut dialogue in orange.
Harewood sits down at his station in the Kelvin Archive under London, and begins tapping commands into his console.
Inside Starfleet Command, we pan down from high above Admiral Marcus’ desk, where an Original Series-style Constitution-class model hangs above the room, along with his row of model ships against the far wall. His commpanel beeps, signaling an incoming transmission.
MARCUS’ ASSISTANT (ON COMM)
HAREWOOD (ON SCREEN)
Marcus peers closer at the screen.
Fast zoom to a stunned Marcus as we cut to a close-up of Harewood’s Starfleet Academy ring, an explosive device the officer drops into a glass of water.
Into Darkness editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey talk about the deletion of this scene in the iTunes commentary track:
There are two major things of note in this scene — firstly, the name ‘John Erickson’ for Benedict Cumberbatch’s character. This is a reference to the early Space Seed script featuring a villain named ‘Harold Erickson,’ who would later be changed to Khan Singh after Ricardo Montalban was cast in the part. It’s likely that this name was changed to ‘John Harrison’ when the efforts to hide Cumberbatch’s true identity were ramped up during the production of the film.
Obviously, the second surprise in this sequence is the giant Constitution-class model hanging above Marcus’ desk, the USS Biddeford (NCC-0718). The design of the ship itself raises several questions: was this the original design in this universe, changed after the Kelvin attack in the first film? Was Marcus involved with the design? Why is it named after Biddeford, Maine?
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Captain’s Log (0:45)
When Kirk and Spock are called to Admiral Marcus’ office after the film’s opening sequence, we learn that while Spock submitted a truthful recounting of the mission to Nibiru, Kirk lied and put through a falsified report. This cut sequence details just how brazenly dishonest his mission log actually was.
ORIGINAL, DELETED VERSION:
Congratulations, Spock — you just saved the world.
Two engineering techs spray the science officer down with a cooling spray. The scene cuts to the bridge sometime later; Kirk is back in uniform.
KIRK (IN CAPTAIN’S CHAIR)
A crowd of Nibirans watches the Enterprise fly through the volcano smoke, their eyes wide with awe.
A few of the natives reach toward the ship above.
KIRK (ON BRIDGE)
The Enterprise rockets away from the volcano.
The Nibirians speak to each other in their native language. Their world has changed.
KIRK (ON BRIDGE)
His officers — Sulu, Chekov, Uhura, Scotty, and McCoy — stare at him in stunned and incredulous silence. Uhura turns and walks away, disapproving.
Spock materializes on the transporter pad, steaming with heat from the volcano’s interior. As he realizes that he’s not dead, Kirk and McCoy run into the transporter room to greet him.
UHURA (ON COMM)
UHURA (ON BRIDGE)
KIRK (ON COMM)
KIRK (IN TRANSPORTER ROOM)
On Nibiru, the natives are excitedly crowding around their tribal elder, who is drawing a familiar shape in the red soil. Their sacred scroll is tossed aside as the outline of the Enterprise is revealed: this world has a new God.
Leaving the false report as a surprise works to build tension between Kirk and Spock when Marcus throws it in his face later on, but to show the captain lying to blatantly in front of his bridge crew? It makes the other officers look just as bad for not calling him on his actions.
It was a very good call to remove this sequence.
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Kirk Watches Pike Get Shot (0:49)
In the final cut of the film, Spock is the only witness to Pike’s injury and death as Kirk tries to shoot down John Harrison’s ship from another room — but that’s not how the original sequence transpired.
Weapons fire blankets the conference room as everyone dives for cover. Kirk is helping a wounded officer when he locks eyes with Pike from across the room; the Admiral is crawling to safety.
Pike sees him for a mere moment before being hit with an energy burst. Kirk, in shock, dodges the blasts and runs to his side.
Kirk applies pressure to a massive wound on Pike’s chest. Other officers return fire, and Harrison’s ship retreats into the night as Admiral Marcus runs into the room.
Spock appears at Kirk’s side as Harrison’s ship flies back to finish the job.
Spock takes over caring for Pike as Kirk runs to pick up his rifle, intent on stopping Harrison’s attack.
The recutting of this sequence is addressed by editor Maryann Brandon in both the Best Buy-exclusive extra ‘Unlocking the Cut.’
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Scotty Talks to Hangar Control (0:47)
One of the big issues people had with the role of Section 31 in Into Darkness was with how easily Scotty was able to infiltrate the top-secret Vengeance hangar orbiting Jupiter.
Turns out it really wasn’t so difficult to begin with.
Scotty flies above the Io station, his shuttle a tiny speck against the massive construct. He hangs over the edge of the station, watching as a large set of hangar doors open to allow an incoming flotilla of support vessels to enter.
Scotty breaks radio silence, and begins to bluff his way into the caravan.
He thinks hard, clearly not used to this kind of improvisation.
His face bunches up in anticipation for getting caught.
He regroups, and tries a more direct attack.
A long pause. He’s sure the game is up.
The Copernicus joins the rest of the shuttles on their journey into the large hangar bay. Scotty looks up at the massive starship contained inside the structure, his jaw dropping in surprise.
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The Harewoods (0:21)
Removed from the end of the film, Jim Kirk meets another citizen saved by Khan’s blood.
After the memorial ceremony at Starfleet Headquarters, officials of all species are milling about the campus. As Kirk approaches his officers, he hears a woman calling to him from the crowd.
It’s Rima Harewood, wife and widow of the officer Khan coerced into destroying the Kelvin Archive in London.
Kirk turns and sees her, then spies young Lucille at her side.
Kirk looks down at the girl; she’s the picture of health.
The two look at each other for a moment, smiles on their faces.
After a beat, Kirk releases her hand.
The captain turns and heads to his waiting crewmates.
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As far as we know, this is the last of the retailer-exclusive content for Star Trek Into Darkness, and even though it’s taken almost six months for us to find it, we’re glad the deleted scenes question can finally be put to bed with these nine entries.
Here’s hoping they become available in a more widely-available format for fans at some point in the future.
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